Clovis High senior reflects on day as county manager

Clovis High School senior Henry Martin shadowed county manager Lance Pyle on the job on Tuesday as part of the county manager for a day program.

On Tuesday, Martin attended a county commission meeting, toured county facilities, reviewed the county budget and rode along with a sheriff's deputy.

CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed

Clovis High School senior and County Manager for a Day Henry Martin, left, listens to Curry County Jail Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval explain the function of the sally port (a secure entryway) Tuesday at the Curry County juvenile detention center. Martin toured the juvenile detention center as part of his day.

Martin presented the consent agenda containing 17 items and three action items to the board of county commissioners.

Martin is the CHS student body president, a member of student council and has been an active member of Future Farmers of America for four years. He will attend the University of New Mexico in the fall, where he plans on majoring in business and political science.

Martin was selected from among five applicants.

What was the most interesting part of your experience?

The (county commission) meeting we attended this morning. It was really cool to be able to experience a county commission meeting and see how everything is done.

There was a presentation about building a new medium- to maximum-security adult detention center away from town. I just toured the adult detention center and I can understand how this would be necessary to build.

I just had lunch with Sens. Stuart Ingle and Pat Woods. When you hear them speak, you see they know what they are talking about (in regard to) what's going on in New Mexico.

Has your view on government changed?

Not really. I got to sit in with the senators in the legislative session in February in Santa Fe with a select group of students from the Clovis High School student council. I learned a lot there.

What was the most surprising bit of information you picked up today?

The condition of our adult detention center. I didn't understand how bad it really was. It was packed and pretty dirty. I thought the idea of building another correctional facility was the best idea.

What advice would you give to the president about running the country?

To stand up for what's right for the people is the biggest thing any president should do.

How do you think your experience today will help you work toward your future career goals?

I think today was a stepping stone for me to land a position as a politician later on. This is the start of my future as a politician. I would maybe start out working at the senate. It's just a good place to start.

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